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Big Y Supermarkets Selling Adams Location

In a statement released on Thursday just after noontime, company officials said the 16,000-square-foot structure in downtown Adams cannot support the items and types of services the grocer now offers.

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Holiday Hours: Presidents Day

Washington's Birthday will be celebrated on Monday, Feb. 18.

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Hinds, Barrett Call on Big Y to Work With Adams Officials

The town's two state lawmakers are calling on Big Y to work more closely with local officials during the grocery's closing and expected transfer to a new owner.

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The Lantern Reopened In Pittsfield

For a century The Lantern has been a stalwart landmark in the city's downtown. Thousands of people have eaten in the restaurant at the corner of Linden and North and it had remained through generations of changes to the city's downtown. But, in 2017, Mark Papas decided it was time to close it.

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Adams Board of Health Wants Memorial Building Inspection

The Board of Health want to make sure the Memorial Building meets all standards before allowing it to be the town's emergency shelter.

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Public Arts Commission Offers to Broker Talks With Pillar Artists

At Monday's Public Arts Commission meeting, the commissioners and artist Christina King agreed to discussions to find an alternative site for something similar to the pillar art.

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Bomb Threat Forces Evacuation Of Spectrum Health In Pittsfield

A bomb threat forced the evacuation of Spectrum Health on Merrill Road Thursday morning. Police say an individual called the facility at 10:10 a.m. saying there was a bomb in the building was would explode 10 minutes later. Police, fire, and paramedics responded and performed a search of the building.

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North Adams Hosts 22nd Annual Winterfest Celebration

There's fresh snow on the ground, and just in time, the 22nd annual Winterfest celebration, which offers many indoor and outdoor, family-friendly activities, will be held Saturday, Feb. 16.

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Activists Press Neal to Support Green New Deal

Three of the activists all students at Mount Greylock Regional School in Williamstown went inside to make their case to a member of Neal's staff.

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Superior Court Briefs: Feb. 13

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WinterFest Draws Hundreds to Downtown North Adams

This year's annual Chowder Cook-off saw 348 ballots cast for the People's Choice Award and write-ins for the most unique chowder "Only in North Adams" out of the nine contestants.

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North Adams Library Resumes Search for Library Director

Rich Remsberg, acting chairman of the library trustees, reported Wednesday's trustees meeting that the initial search did not solicit enough candidates for the mayor to make a selection.

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Adams Holds Town Administrator Interviews

The town has been without a permanent town administrator for more than a year. A first posting for the position failed to attract enough qualified candidates and the job was put on hold and reposted at the beginning of this year.

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Pittsfield Schools to End 'Welcoming Day' For Grades 6 & 9

The long-standing tradition of "welcome days" is coming to an end in the schools after the state cited the district for not providing enough class time for all students. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education performed a coordinated program review last year and found that the practice of bringing incoming sixth graders and ninth graders in a day earlier to get acclimated to their new schools meant that the other students were falling short of the required 180 days of learning.

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Clarksburg Officials Want Solar Arrays to Pay Taxes

Town officials estimate that taxing the two ground-mounted arrays could bring in upwards of $27,000 but recent rulings by the Appellate Tax Board have found in favor of industrial solar arrays because of a state law exempting solar facilities.

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Adams Sees New Regional School District's Amended Agreement

The joint meeting on Wednesday included members of the Regional Agreement Amendment Committee who outlined the major changes in the agreement.

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Mount Greylock Notifies Families of Missed Water Test

At Thursday's School Committee meeting, Superintendent Kimberley Grady informed the committee of the omission in the campus's regular testing protocol for radium.

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Williamstown Planning Board Advances ADU Bylaw Proposals

On a vote of 4-1, the planners agreed on a proposal that would create the potential for more detached accessory dwelling units, or ADUs, in the town of 7,800.

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New Committee Looks to Assist Victims of House Fires

In April 2012, Rabbit David Weiner of Knesset Israel watched in horror as his home burned, as firefighters broke window after window, and also as a neighbor wrapped him in a coat. It was a kitchen fire in his Wendell Street home. He remembers having to borrow socks from a friend the next day because he had lost everything.

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Williamstown Assessor Barkin Leaves Department in Good Shape

Williamstown's assessor/educator will leave his second-floor office at Town Hall for the last time this week as he retires, just shy of 33 years in the job.

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1Berkshire Calls For 'New Narrative' of Berkshire Economy

The Berkshire economy is growing, according to 1Berkshire. The economic development agency said some $1 billion worth of investment has been made in the county in just the last three years. Now, the organization is asking the business community to embrace a "new narrative" of the county's economic future and has put forth Berkshire Blueprint 2.0, an economic development plan for future growth.

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Hinds Given Committee Assignments: Chairing Revenue, on Ways and Means

State Sen. Adam Hinds will serve as the first stop for many of the big initiatives coming from the State House this year. Hinds was given his committee assignments on Thursday in which he'll chair the Joint Committee on Revenue, vice chair Senate Committee on Redistricting, and will serve on the Senate Ways and Means, Joint Committee on Education, Joint Committee on Tourism Arts and Cultural Development, Senate Rules, and Joint Committee on Health Care Financing.

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Adams Selectmen Approve Russell Field Project

This project has been in the hopper for some time and for at least the past five years, the Parks Commission has steadily had it on its priority agenda.

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Computer Bug Offers Expanded Services in New Location

The Computer Bug offers a wide variety of services including free diagnostics, repair and service of both Mac and Windows PCs, and the sale of new and used computers, parts, and accessories.

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Hinds, Pignatelli Field Questions at Kimball Farms Forum

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Berkshire United Way Taps New Director of Development

Marcus joins the organization with more than 30 years of experience in social service programs, policy development, operations and revenue generation. She holds both her master of science in social work and master of public affairs from Columbia University.

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North Adams Happenings: Feb. 13-19

Brought to you by: MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center and the North Adams Office of Tourism & Community Events

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Berkshire Athenaeum Unveils Mural Inspired by Ty Allan Jackson Book

Berkshire Athenaeum Director Alex Reczkowski has found a fitting way to make the library more fun and welcoming to children. The library unveiled on Monday a massive mural inspired by local author Ty Allan Jackson's book When I Close My Eyes. Jackson is a nationally recognized author and founder of Big Head Books.

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Mount Greylock Gets Access to School's Auditorium

Mount Greylock Superintendent Kimberley Grady said Monday that the district has received a certificate of occupancy for the middle-high school, an approval that includes use of the school's auditorium.

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McCann School Committee Endorses $9.6M Budget for Fiscal 2020

The committee members had few questions about what Superintendent James Brosnan referred to as "vanilla" fiscal 2020 budget that will increase by $220,769.

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Berkshire House Delegation Gets Committee Assignments

State Rep. Paul Mark will again chair the House Committee on Redistricting. Mark was chair for the last two years and will continue to work as the Census begins. The population numbers gathered by the Census is followed by the state redrawing the lines for both the federal and state districts. Mark added that it also affects a significant number of federal and state grant programs which are based on per capita.

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Williamstown Looking at Hike in Transfer Station Sticker Prices

Hoch gave the board a broad strokes preview of the budget he will present to the town's Finance Committee. While there was good news on several fronts, the transfer station is a sour note.

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BFAIR Taps New Director of Marketing

Her experience spans over a decade from the automotive industry to nonprofits in the local Berkshire community.

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The Independent Investor: Trump's War on Drug (Prices)

For the second year in a row, President Donald Trump called on Congress to do something about the escalating drug prices in America. The president is doggedly pursuing this campaign promise in the face of an army of special interest groups and big drug companies. Hurrah for you, Mr. President.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Feb. 15-21

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Adams Lassie League Opens Registration for Softball Season

The Adams Lassie League has opened registration for the 2019 softball season to all players in kindergarten through high school.

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Williamstown Con Comm OKs Marijuana Farm

The Conservation Commission on Thursday approved plans for an outdoor marijuana plantation near the Green River. But one member of the panel abstained from the decision, citing a potential conflict between the production and sale of the drug and federal law.

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Packer Awarded Lifetime Achievement Award by Shakespeare Theatre Association

She received the Douglas N. Cook Lifetime Achievement Award while attending the 2019 STA Conference in Prague. The award honors STA members who have made and are still making significant contributions to the field of Shakespeare Theatre.

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New Partner Named at Balance Rock Investment Group

Meczywor is part of a team that includes two financial advisers and five support staff dedicated to providing an array of financial products and services that best serve their clients' needs.

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@theMarket: Markets Gain on Hope & a Prayer

Investors remain cautiously optimistic that the wall of worry that has been plaguing us for months may now be crumbling. That's no sure thing, but at least we did have some good news this week.

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Letter: Community Penalized by Pillar Art Decision

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Registered Nurse Welcomed as Bennington Blueprint's Community Health Team Leader

He joins as the group's community health team leader. In this role, he is an employee of Southwestern Vermont Health Care.

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Berkshire Bruins Take Three Banners at Kittredge Tourney

The Berkshire Bruins youth hockey program Monday won two games and three titles at its Gib Kittredge Tournament at the Boys and Girls Club.

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'The No-Collusion Oscar Picks 2019'

The phone rang, as it usually does whenever I'm sitting in the third-floor witch's hat of my haunted Victorian home in some gothic-like, small New England town with a dark past, anguishing over my Oscar picks. The voice at the other end sounded like Alec Baldwin at first.

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Farley-Bouvier Pushes Bill to Raise Tipped Workers Minimum Wage

State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier is calling for the elimination of a lower wage for tipped workers. The Pittsfield Democrat joined other lawmakers and Restaurant Opportunities Center on Wednesday at the statehouse to introduce a bill that will gradually raise the minimum wage for tipped workers until it matches the minimum wage for all other industries.

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Williamstown Cal Ripken Baseball/Softball Opens Registration

Williamstown Cal Ripken Baseball and Softball is open to boys and girls ages 4 (before Sept. 1, 2019) through age 12 (as of April 30, 2019, for baseball or Dec. 31, 2019, for softball) who live in Northern Berkshire County and border towns in Vermont and New York.

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Lanesborough Cal Ripken Opens Registration for 2019

Lanesborough Cal Ripken Baseball registration is now open for the 2019 spring season for boys and girls ages 4 (before Sept. 1, 2019) through age 12 (as of April 30, 2019) who live in Lanesborough or any surrounding towns.

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Your Financial Advisor Can Do Some 'Life Coaching'

So, if you decide to hire a financial advisor, you should expect to receive some "coaching" as you work toward all your important objectives, such as sending your kids to college, enjoying a comfortable retirement and leaving a legacy that can benefit the next generation.

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SVMC Offers New Heart Health Screening

Cardiac Calcium Scoring uses a computed tomography (CT) scan and specialized software to allow doctors to detect calcium in the coronary artery. A score of zero on the test indicates low risk, and increasing levels indicate increasing risk of a heart attack and stroke.

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Williams Women's Hockey Tops Middlebury

Bri Laycock scored a power play goal midway through the third period to give the Williams College women's hockey team a 2-1 win over Middlebury on Friday night.

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